Can I have less democracy, please?
When I go to my local DeKalb County polling place one week from today (July 31 – mark your calendars, please), I will find two categories of votes to cast:
1. Things I want to vote on:
I wish to election in my condition reps and senators. It’s greater than a right. In my opinion it’s the job of people inside a representative democracy to election for that legislators who represent them within their municipal, condition and national lawmaking physiques. Because My home is DeKalb, I additionally reach election for any county commission and county Chief executive officer. It truly doesn’t take considerable time to visit lower a summary of candidates for offices making an reasonably well-informed decision. Even it were a far more struggle than, I consider it an obligation, so I’d get it done regardless
2. Things I resent being asked to vote on:
Discussing the ballot with individuals offices are positions and ballot questions I shouldn’t election on. “Don’t want” doesn’t quite capture my feelings. A lot more like resent. A lot more like I drive by yard signs of these offices and curse.
I am not cursing the candidates. I’m cursing that somebody is asking me to election for offices like Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County. I needed to Google to understand the Clerk of DeKalb County Superior Court manages the county’s land and court public records. That’s an essential job and I’m speculating that to become a good or great clerk requires government record-keeping experience, management savvy and ethics. The Way I may possibly know should they have all or any from the candidates have all or any of individuals characteristics? I am not saying it normally won’t. I’m saying there is available no credible, independent, public resource that helped me to even venture a guess about who included in this could be most clerktastic. Why don’t you simply have our other chosen authorities select the clerk?
I am not singling the candidates for clerk from the court. There’s the general public Service Commission. The sheriff’s office. I additionally resent getting to election for idol judges. I’d prefer these were nominated by an chosen executive and approved with a legislative body – such as the feds do. Sandra Day O’Connor and that i do not have a great deal in keeping, but we agree that electing idol judges is an awful idea. We both such as the taste of massive Macs and have confidence in the significance of rigorous education in civics.
This season the greatest “I resent you asking me” ballot real question is the main one that’s getting all of the news attention – the transportation florida sales tax referendum (or T-SPLOST). Unlike the clerk or judge positions, there is a mountain of knowledge about this so at leat I’m able to cast an educated election. But to my original nag: I’d rather let my municipal and condition legislators and chosen executives result in the nitty gritty choices – or even better depend on expert civil servants to get it done on their behalf, then contain the chosen authorities accountable. The condition punted vital regional transportation choices to some referendum is, within this voter’s opinion, a dereliction of duty. If there have been a Chief of Unfocused, Impotent, Non-Violent Rage position around the ballot, I’d be considered a appropriate write-in.
Talking about the transportation election, Atlanta Magazine is getting a T-SPLOST Tweetup (state that five-occasions fast, then wipe the saliva off your screen) tomorrow from Noon to at least one:30P. Particulars here. I’ll exist.